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Family Information for February 11th

Family Information for February 11th
Parker Families,

Earlier this week Governor Baker and Commissioner Riley announced that the indoor mask mandate for schools will not be extended when it expires on 28 February; they cited the Commonwealth’s high vaccination rates and widespread availability of COVID-19 testing for school staff and students in announcing this decision.  Masking will continue to be required on all school buses (that’s a federal mandate) and under other specific, narrow circumstances (upon return to school after quarantining, for example).

With the state-wide mandate sunsetting, each public school district can make a decision about required indoor masking.  At Parker, we’ll make that decision with input from all key constituencies:  students, staff, and parents/guardians; in any event, students and staff who choose to wear a mask may do so and will be supported in that choice.  Our first step is to gather information from community members; we’ll use information gathered in a poll (link below) when making a decision prior to the February vacation.

Here are some factors, statistics, and data that may be helpful in developing or shaping one’s perspective on indoor masking after 28 February.

Testing Programs Continue

  • The weekly COVID safety check program (Wednesdays) will continue.  96% of on-campus community members (students and staff) have signed up to participate in this program.
  • The weekly at-home rapid test program (Sundays) will continue.  93% of students and 100% of staff have opted-in to this program.
  • Nurse Lisa will continue to publish positive test results from the two COVID-19 testing programs.

Vaccination Rates

  • 92% of students are fully vaccinated.
  • 100% of teachers are fully vaccinated.  87% of non-teaching staff are fully vaccinated.

Case Rates

This chart shows the number of COVID positive cases reported in the Parker community from November 2021 to February 2022:

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We’re hoping that community members will take a few minutes to complete the POLL included in the Weekly Family Email and share their perspectives on indoor masking.  The poll will available until noon on Monday, 14 February.

–Todd

 

This week’s topics:
  • Midyear Reports
  • Spring Sports Registration
  • Our Essential Commitment Fund
  • Ski & Snowboard Club – Final Week!
  • SBIRT for 7th and 9th Graders
  • At-Home Test Reminder
  • SEPAC Meeting
  • Extending Winter Break?
  • Yearbook Sales Month
  • Collecting Materials for Senior Project
  • Winter Driving Reminder
  • School Report Card
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • COVID-19 Safety Checks
  • COVID-19 Information
  • COVID-19 Testing

Midyear Reports

Note that midyear reports were sent home via email this week (Wednesday). We hope that students and parents/guardians will take the time to read them, if you have not already had a chance to do so!


NEW Athletic Sports Registration for Spring Sports!

Spring Sports will begin on Monday, March 14th and will include baseball, softball, track & field, and co-op lacrosse with Bromfield.

NEW: Athletes are required to upload a current physical form to the Health Portal every season, at the same time they register for a sport, even if it was previously uploaded. Please upload the physical form to the Health Portal under "Screenings" and "Upload Proof of Physical." Ensure the date of the student's physical is within 13 months of the start of the season, which is required before they can practice. ALL ATHLETES (whether you registered earlier this school year or not) must register for a spring sport by clicking on this link: Spring Sports Registration


Our Essential Commitment Fund

During Parker's Head of School search, parents were asked to complete this sentence- "Parker is..."

Here are some of their responses:
  • Parker is a model for what school should be.
  • Parker is the kind of school that I thought only existed in my dreams.
  • Parker is a place of inclusion, support and safety.
  • Parker is a tremendous place to grow.

Make your gift to Our Essential Commitment Fund HERE to support what "Parker is!"


Ski & Snowboard Club - FINAL WEEK!

Next Wednesday, February 16th is the last day for the Ski & Snowboard Club. Please meet at 7 PM in the Granite Room to take a group picture for the yearbook. Thank you to everyone who participated this season!


To the Parents of 7th and 9th Graders

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is scheduled to begin after February vacation. Please refer to previous SBIRT email notification from Lisa sent on 24-Jan or click here for more information about SBIRT. As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of participation. Additionally, screening is voluntary, and students may choose not to answer any or all screening questions. Please notify Lisa Zick, school nurse, by email no later than Sunday, February 27, 2022, if you would prefer that your 7th or 9th grade student not participate in this screening. Lisa Zick can be reached by phone at (978)772-3293 x135 or by email at [email protected] if you have questions.


At-Home Test Reminder

Don't forget to test your student every Sunday and only report POSITIVE results to Nurse Lisa at [email protected] or call 978-772-3293 x135.


SEPAC Meeting (Special Education Advisory Council)

Save the Date: There will be a remote SEPAC meeting on Wednesday, March 9th, at 6:30 PM.


Planning an Extended Family Trip during the Winter Break in February?

Reminder to LEAVE A MESSAGE on the ATTENDANCE LINE: 978-772-3293, x1 - available 24 hours a day. It is important you inform THE OFFICE that your child(ren) will miss additional days, even if you have let the teachers know.


Yearbook Sales Month

Reminder February is Yearbook Sales Month. Yearbook order numbers are due to the printer on February 28, so please order your student’s yearbook this month at the following link: https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01050356. Scroll down the page to see the three book options.


Collecting Materials for Senior Project

Reminder to send in materials for Yarrow to use in her senior project installation art. She would appreciate large plastic containers, yarn, fabric, wire, pony beads, cardboard, newspaper and/or any other paint or unwanted craft materials. Donations can be left in the labeled bin in the lobby. Thank you!


Winter Driving Reminder

Reminder of the following student drop-off and pick-up norms: When entering Parker’s lot, please pickup or discharge passengers at the curb in front of the school. Please do not stop, idle, or discharge passengers along the “inner ring” (e.g. between curbside cars and the flagpole lawn). Please reduce driveway and parking lot speed even further during winter months. Thank you!


2021 School Report Card

Reminder every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. These report cards are available at http://reportcards.doe.mass.edu/. The school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas and includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more. Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Click here to view our 2021 School Report Card.


Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker

Positive COVID-19 cases in the Parker community are reported to the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) and to the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, which is our local board of health.  The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 2/4/22-2/11/22:

  • Staff – 1
  • Students – 1
COVID-19 Safety Checks

There are currently less swabs in each tube, and therefore a larger number of pools. Having fewer samples in each tube reduces the number of community members who have to be re-tested when a pool comes back from the lab with a positive or inconclusive result.

Pooled Test Results from 2/5/22-2/11/22:

  • # of pools = 115
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 112
  • # of POSITIVE pools = 0
  • # of INCONCLUSIVE pools = 3 (individuals being re-tested)
COVID-19 Information

Reminder to please call or email the school nurse if any family member tests positive for COVID-19. Lisa Zick can be reached at 978-772-3293 x135 or [email protected].

Reminder that students should not come to school if they are sick even if they do not have a fever. Reach out to Nurse Lisa with questions.

Below is the full list of COVID-19 symptoms to monitor for:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Self-report to close contacts their exposure—anyone exposed at less than 3 feet for 15 minutes or longer with or without masks. If help is needed with contact information, please reach out to Monique or Nurse Lisa
  • Self-isolation for a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or after a positive test, if asymptomatic
  • Return to school on day 6 if they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication AND have improving symptoms
  • Upon return to school, the individual must wear a mask at all times when around others for an additional 5 days and maintain physical distance of 3 feet at all times
  • Return to school is based on time and symptom resolution
  • Testing to return to school is NOT required

Close Contacts Who are Exempt from Testing and Quarantine Response Protocols:

  • Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals
  • Individuals who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days of their own illness AND remain without COVID-19 symptoms

Classroom close contacts:

An individual who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom while both individuals were masked, so long as the individuals were spaced at least 3 feet apart, is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.

Out of school close contacts:

Test & Stay is no longer an option due to the new at-home testing program. Those who are unvaccinated and are a close contact to someone outside of school, must quarantine for 5 days, and can return to school on day 6 if they:

  • Remain asymptomatic
  • Adhere to strict mask use
  • Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10
  • Self-isolate if symptoms develop

Close Contact Testing:

For all those exposed, best practice is to get a PCR or a Rapid Antigen test 5 days after exposure.

 

COVID-19 Testing

At-Home Testing Program:

At-home rapid antigen tests were distributed to students whose parents opted them in during afternoon advisory on Thursday. This is surveillance testing to be done every Sunday. Only POSITIVE results need to be reported to Nurse Lisa. If you haven’t already done so, and you wish to opt your student in, please click this link: Opt-in Form for Take-home Antigen Tests.

Symptomatic Testing:

Symptomatic testing is available (with consent) for all individuals (including vaccinated, unvaccinated, and those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days) that present with symptoms while at school.

COVID-19 Safety Checks:

Pooled testing will continue every Wednesday as usual. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not do the pooled testing. Nurse Lisa will notify you when your student can begin with pooled testing after 90 days.


Sports Schedule


Looking for help with or information concerning:

Please contact:

a specific class or assignment

the teacher of that class (see Parker email list)

technical support

email: [email protected]

your family’s or student’s health

email: [email protected]

mental health/emotional support needs

email: [email protected]

food insecurity/free and reduced school lunch needs

email: [email protected]

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